Vancouver Police are investigating an attempted child abduction that occurred on Wednesday afternoon in South Vancouver and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
“A young girl was approached, she listened to her gut and knew something wasn’t right,” said VPD Const. Tania Visintin. “She was able to get to a place of safety before the situation escalated.”
According to Visintin, the incident occurred around 3:30 pm, when the 13-year-old girl was walking home from school near Kerr Street and South East Marine Drive.
“She was followed by a man driving a black, four-door, newer model sedan with a grey interior,” said Visintin. “The driver stopped and told the girl to get into his vehicle.”
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The driver is described as a white man with a dark or tanned complexion, with short dark brown hair and dark brown stubble on his face, between 25 and 35 years old and between 5’9″ and 6’0″ tall, and with an “athletic build.”
He was wearing a black short-sleeved T-shirt and Ray-Ban-style sunglasses, police said. It appeared the man had clear plastic wrap over a tattoo on his neck.
“Investigators are looking to speak to the driver of this black sedan or anyone who may have information about this incident,” said Visintin. “Furthermore, police are looking for information about any male who may have recently obtained a tattoo on his neck.”
In the wake of this incident, police are urging residents in the area to be cautious and report any suspicious activity by calling 911 immediately.
Anyone with information or anyone with dash cam video from October 14 between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm in the area of Kerr Street and Southeast Marine Drive is asked to call investigators at 604-717-0603 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.